A KoopaTV exclusive: what I did on Sunday, and my thoughts on those activities:
- Woke up in time to watch the 10 AM live news broadcast anchored by Off the Hook for the Splatoon 2 Time Travel vs. Teleportation Splatfest results. Very pleased that Team Teleportation won 0–3. Proceeded to gloat to everyone
- Teleportation had 58.66% of the popularity vote, no doubt because of KoopaTV's lobbying for it. Supposedly, Nintendo fans are supposed to be accustomed to being time travelers, so KoopaTV's arguments must have shifted quite a big percentage change!
- Axe had an amazing run with his Pikachu up-airs. Very hype
- Hungrybox hasn't been the same since the crab incident
- Democrat 2020 presidential candidate (and mayor of South Bend, Indiana) Pete Buttigieg's town hall, hosted by Fox News host Chris Wallace
- I still don't know what his specific policies are; a lot of it was vague platitudes or Buttigieg recognising something is a problem but not quite identifying a solution for it yet
- At least he said that Democrats shouldn't shy away from suggesting how to pay for their proposals, though his suggestions seem economically dangerous
- At least I can see him as more than the “vote for me because I'm gay” meme. There's a bit more depth than that
- What are the chances of people having their prison sentences addressed in a fair and equitable way without having a mega-celebrity like Kim Kardashian have a personal meeting with the President of the United States about one specific person?
- Does the FIRST STEP Act take measures to standardise this process? If not, is anyone working on taking a second step? It's not reform if it's a one-off
- If President Donald John Trump is willing to call out the “military-industrial complex” and express his dismay at the foreign policy establishment's desire to have perpetual pointless overseas warfare, why did he appoint John Bolton (Iraq War mastermind) as his National Security Advisor to begin with?
Then I slept. When I woke up, I figured I'd write about the Pete Buttigieg town hall—specifically his willingness to do the event—and contrast that with another Democrat 2020 presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, and her utter refusal to ever appear on Fox News.
As well as Elizabeth Warren's refusal to provide any statement to KoopaTV.
If you need any background, know that Democrats see Fox News, a cable news channel, as Republican television that exists as propaganda masquerading as news.
Compare these made-on-Twitter statements from Mayor Pete, who did appear on Fox News, to Elizabeth Warren, who refuses to.
In case you need an edited transcript (that takes out personal attacks against select Fox News hosts)...Even though some of these hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network in good faith.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) May 20, 2019
Whether it’s going on Fox or going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much, we have to find people where they are–not change our values. pic.twitter.com/xNHoD0uzE4
“Now the other thing we've got to do, is we've got to find people where they are. You know a lot of folks in my party were critical of me for even doing this with Fox News. [...] And I get where they're coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network. [...] But I also believe that even though some of those hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith, and there are a lot of Americans who in my party can't blame if they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don't go on and talk about it.”
Now for Elizabeth Warren. That hyperlinks to a ranty Twitter thread where she says she declined a town hall with Fox News because Fox News promotes racism and bigotry, so helping Fox News get good ratings/money by having a town hall event is morally wrong. She said all of that without providing evidence or examples. It's just assumed to be true among her base, who are praising her for her “logic” or whatever.
I see it as fear of engaging with potential voters who aren't already on your side, and fear of exposing your flawed agenda to the real world. I also see it as the classic far-left trick of demonising anyone who doesn't agree with you as a ___phobe (see: Hillary Clinton's basket of deplorables) in order to shut down conversation by portraying your opponent as the “evil” and the “other”. You don't have to engage with evil. Just call them evil! Done!
Meanwhile, the Democrats who do engage with Fox News are all people I'm becoming much more open to compared to if they haven't. Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg... Bernie even wrote a guest article for KoopaTV some years ago. More importantly for their electoral chances, a lot of the attendees to the town halls and comments sections populated with Fox viewers appear to show that this kind of outreach really is working and people are finding common ground with one another. At the very least, people are recognising that this might translate to how they'd govern as president, at a time where people continue to be sick of partisan gridlock in Washington D.C.
Elizabeth Warren, true to her fraudulent nature, isn't interested in finding common ground with anyone on the “opposing side.” She wants to pretend they don't exist, or shame them out of existence. It's not, “I'm an American and you're an American, and on a few issues maybe we can find some agreement and you can consider voting for me because I have your best interests.” It's, “You watch a racist evil network (or read a racist evil gaming commentary story), so you're not even worth my attention. Begone, maggot.”
You can stay on KoopaTV no matter what you think, though!
Stay tuned for the Democrat debates beginning a month from now on June 26 and June 27! KoopaTV will cover them in good faith and have some kind of opinion on all of the participants. It's important to note that the national Democrat Party has banned Fox News from hosting any debates. KoopaTV also isn't allowed by any party to host any debates, but that shouldn't stop any candidate (or KoopaTV reader) from participating on KoopaTV by publishing a guest post. And unlike Fox News, KoopaTV can't profit off your appearance!
Ludwig just wrote about the importance of outreach, though in terms of reducing violence.